Here are some links to some articles from Ryan Howard’s appearance here yesterday.
Jeff Moeller in the Daily News: “It was a good day,” Howard said. “To have my number retired here was something special. Lakewood will always have a special place in my heart.”
Ray Parrillo in the Inquirer: LAKEWOOD, N.J. – Ryan Howard returned to the little jewel of a ballpark where it all began for him as a professional baseball player eight years ago.
The Phillies’ single-A affiliate, Lakewood, welcomed the Big Piece, as Phillies manager Charlie Manuel calls the slugger, as a conquering hero Friday and made him the first BlueClaw in the 10-year history of the club whose number was retired.
Tony Graham in the Asbury Park Press: “We welcome back one of our own,” intoned Lakewood public address announcer Kevin Clark in the pregame ceremony.
Howard, standing near home plate, acknowledged the roar of the crowd which included his mother, Cheryl, and brother, Corey, with a wave of the hand and a tip of the cap.
David Weinberg in the Press of Atlantic City: “He was a very good player back then, but anyone who says they thought he’d be a star is full of baloney,” said 82-year-old Sam Christopher, who has lived in Lakewood for 70 years. “He was a little chubby back then and he would either strike out or hit a home run. But he was one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met.”
Matthew Osborne in the Trentonian: “He has a great swing, great approach,” Howard said of Singleton. “You could see that in his first at-bat ripping that ball up the middle. He has a bright, bright future ahead of him.”